Category Archives: States and Regions

India’s non-aligned dilemma

by Darshana M. Baruah. She is a Junior Fellow at the New Delhi based think tank, Observer Research Foundation, is working on the South China Sea and has completed her Masters in International Relations from Cardiff University in 2012. Non-alignment … Continue reading

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China’s Silk Road: How China Is Building the Biggest Commercial-Military Empire in History

by Steve LeVine. He is Quartz’s Washington Correspondent. He writes about the intersection of energy, technology and geopolitics, is a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. … Continue reading

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Gulf Monarchies Rely on Mercenaries for Security

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College and a reporter for War Is Boring. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. The Arab, Sunni … Continue reading

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Iran ISOICO Imagery Update

The latest commercial satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s ISOICO shipyard near Bostanu. In December, the extension on the yard’s smaller syncrolift appeared complete with new winches and an extended platform visible in imagery. Workers in the eastern part of … Continue reading

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Mikhail Dudin Rounds the Iberian Peninsula

The Mikhail Dudin left Iran in late December and is making her way to Russia after passing through the Suez and the Strait of Gibraltar, AIS data shows. Iran’s low enriched uranium loaded on-board the Mikhail Dudin is over half-way … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. Expanding an Airfield in Syria?

Low resolution Landsat imagery shows new activity at an airfield rumored to support a U.S. military presence in Syria’s Al-Hasakah province. The imagery acquired via the U.S. Geological Survey suggests the U.S. could be establishing further supply lines to Kurdish … Continue reading

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Syria’s Top Revolutionaries Have Disappeared One by One

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College and a reporter for War Is Boring. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. The Islamic Front, … Continue reading

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Repaving Begins at Niger’s Agadez Airport

It would appear drone operations may soon make their way to Agadez just as unmanned operations at Ethiopia’s Arba Minch have ended. In preparation, the runway at Aérienne 201, otherwise known as Mano Dayak International Airport, is currently being repaved … Continue reading

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China Ramps Up Rotations at Tibet’s Gonggar Airfield

China has increased the size of rotations at its Lhasa Gonggar airbase located in Tibet, satellite imagery has revealed. DigitalGlobe space snapshots from November 2014 show eight Chengdu Aircraft Corporation J-10s parked on the operations apron at the Lhasa-based civil-military … Continue reading

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Der Golfkooperationsrat – Allianz der “negativen Solidarität”

von Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter). Er ist Journalist in Berlin mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheits- und Geopolitik. Saudi-Arabien eskaliert den Machtkampf mit dem Iran. Da lohnt ein Blick auf die wesentliche Regional-Allianz der selbsternannten arabischen Führungsmacht, den Golf-Kooperationsrat (GKR; auf … Continue reading

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